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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Search.conduit.com (Uninstall Guide) - How To Remove Search Conduit

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Search.conduit.com (Search Conduit) is a web search engine owned by Conduit Ltd. Some users consider it a very annoying bug. Why is that? Our readers passed a few discussions to us recently about it. There's been a lot of noise on tech support forums and blogs about conduit search and problems that occur on Windows computers when uninstalling search.conduit.com. Apparently, it does things like redirect user search queries and change their Internet home page. This search engine comes with web browser toolbars created using Conduit software. Some people don't even know where it has come from because they though they were installing only a toolbar.

search conduit home page snapshot

You can uninstall conduit toolbar very easily, which is done the same way you uninstall any program, via add/remove programs in the control panel. However, conduit search engine can't be uninstalled easily in Internet Explorer, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. You need to change settings and remove search providers manually. What is more, it installs an application called Search Protect that forces users to use Conduit search. This brings use to what we consider the more interesting question. Why so many companies fail to create proper uninstallers? Such practice makes them look untrustworthy. It isn't malware, although it is frustrating. I found myself explaining the basics over and over again, so I decided to write a simple, step-by-step guide on how to remove search.conduit.com in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Please follow the removal instructions below. Good luck and be safe online!

Added: Someone asked how I to remove Search.conduit.com from Google Chrome. At the time I wrote this removal guide, Conduit products were only targeting Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. But now this company is going after Chrome users as well. There is nothing really surprising since Chrome market share increased has increased phenomenally during the last six months. Due to increased volume of emails I get from you guys regarding this issue, I had update this post and make the removal instructions more detailed and up to date. It seems that nothing really changed the way Search Conduit interacts with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. If comparing with the last years installers, they are now compatible with all major web browsers and modify more Firefox's preferences. The removal instructions below were updated according to the latest Conduit installers.

search conduit hijacked chrome

Not only search.conduit.com redirect became compatible with all major web browsers, the installer itself got new features and products, for example Coupon Buddy and Price Gong adware. Previously, it came mostly as a standalone application and everyone could remove it separately. Now it's usually a part of another application, so in order to completely remove Search Conduit, you have to remove the application it came with first and then restore default web browser settings manually or simply reset it. The main difference is that if you choose to reset it, then you will lose your bookmarks, browsing history and saved passwords. Of course, you can export them at any time.

Last, but not least, it seems clear that this application comes bundled with audio and video players, HD codecs and converters. Please read installation screens and EULA very carefully even if you downloaded an application from the official website.

Update (October 25, 2013): It seems that they've updated the search protect application and now any attempts to change the browser settings will be vain; this browser hijacker will reset them after each browser restart. So, it's very important to remove search protect application. Otherwise, search conduit will return and you will have to reset browser settings once again.

search protect by conduit

Also, this browser hijacker uses Bing API to return search results. There's no reason to keep it, just use Bing directly if you want to.

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Search.conduit.com removal instructions:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this browser hijacker. Hopefully you won't have to do that.







Also, please feel free to call us (toll free) and we'll be happy to help you on the phone.


2. Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove Search Protect by conduit, Yontoo, Conduit Toolbar and any other recently installed application. Look for Conduit associated applications and uninstall them. For example, if you recently installed video converter or music player or any other application and got the Search.conduit.com browser hijacker, then there's a good chance it came with one of those applications. Conduit won't be listed, so you have to remove associated applications.



Simply select the application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.


Remove Search.conduit.com from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Customize and control Google Chrome icon. Go to ToolsSettings.



2. Click Set pages under the On startup.


Remove Search.conduit.com by clicking the "X" mark as shown in the image below.



3. Click Show Home button under Appearance. Then click Change.



Select Use the New Tab page and click OK to save changes.



4. Click Manage search engines button under Search.



Select Google or any other search engine you like from the list and make it your default search engine provider.



Select Conduit Search from the list and remove it by clicking the "X" mark as shown in the image below.




Remove search.conduit.com from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open up Mozilla Firefox. Type about:config in the Location Bar (address bar) and press Enter to display the list of preferences.



2. Now in the filter field, type in conduit and press Enter.



3. Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by Conduit Search. Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!



4. Go to ToolsOptions. Under the General tab reset the startup homepage. That's it.




Remove search.conduit.com from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons.



2. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Bing search engine and make it your default search provider (set as default). Then select Web Search (name might be different in your case) and click Remove button to uninstall it (lower right corner of the window).



3. Go to ToolsInternet Options. Select General tab and click Use default button or enter your own website, e.g. google.com instead of search.conduit.com. Click OK to save the changes.



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63 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thank you so much, brilliant worked soooooo well.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much from me too - searched for ever to get rid of conduit (veoh toolbar) on Mozilla and this is the only thing that worked and you've explained it really well (and I'm not a techie).

Anonymous said...

YES!!!!!!! Thanks a lot!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thankyou easily done without having to download spyware software like other sites suggest

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Awesome. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WORKED LIKE A CHARM. MUCHO GRACIAS MUCHACHO!!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry but this does not work for me in Firefox. In about:config, I have 25 keys with "conduit" in them, some in the label and some in the value:
- CT2801948 (10)
- CommunityToolbar*conduit* (14)
- Keyword.URL (1)

My homepage was never changed by CommunityToolbar.

Help?

Anonymous said...

I've tried this solution but my Firefox always returns to the fucking conduit! I'll chenge for Chrome

Mayan said...

Thanks so much for this really good explanations to move this terrible conduit bar from all my browsers, after two days googling trying... found finally your solution and arrived to do it! I will bookmark it and tell others this is really good explanation that everybody can understand!
Susanne

Anonymous said...

For last firefox I have changed keyword.URL:

keyword.URL=http://www.google.com/search?q=

Anonymous said...

It seems like Conduit has modified their program! Somehow Conduit has hijacked my browser Firefox and keeps changing my startup homepage to their homepage! Even if I follow your salution above the next time I start Firefox the conduit page is back!

Anonymous said...

How do i get it off my google chrome using vista buisness? I checked everywhere extensions, c drive etc I still can't find the bug anywhere. Help please?

Anonymous said...

sctiong 1PLEASE READ!!!

It was frustrating at first but I got rid of it. Here's what I did:

1. - Bookmark this page in case you need it later

2. - Click on your "Firefox" desktop icon to open it up in a new window. It should open up to the lame-o "conduit" (mock Google) search page. RIGHT CLICK (on the piece o' crap page) > VIEW PAGE INFO > Under the PERMISSIONS TAB, uncheck EVERYTHING and click BLOCK for EVERYTHING related to "search.conduit.com".

I also recommend doing a: START > CONTROL PANEL > SEARCH > ALL FILES AND FOLDERS > (type in) CONDUIT and DELETE the conduit folder (I think it's in the "program files" folder.

Lastly, do the about:config trick for good measure.

There's more than one way to skin a cat. Sometimes it best to skin it EVERY WAY you can.

PS - F! U! CONDUIT! You FAIL at life and everyone hates you. ;P

Anonymous said...

who the fuck uses IE in the first place in this day and age. These instructions are useless.

Anonymous said...

^ What a complete moron. Most of the human population still uses IE and this guide is for both IE and Firefox. Open your eyes dude.

Anonymous said...

Excellent Instructions! Thank you for the help. Worked exactly as you said it would. Screen shots were helpful too.

Moo said...

I have fixed my other 2 browsers but on firefox browser.startup.homepage wont reset? i tried modifying it but it wont change.

Maria said...

Thank you so much! You're instructions are so easy to follow, and it removed that annoying malware.

Anonymous said...

Have gone through the steps for the internet explorer removal of conduit but under search providers it doesn't show bing only google and nothing to remove or uninstall but when I change my default webpage or anything its still all installed on the computer. Any other helpful hints to get this stupid malicious program to go away would be most appreciated. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Merci pour l'aide, je commençais à enrager la dessus.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very, very much! I ended up with this blasted thing on my computer thanks (make that NO thanks) to Swann Security's suggestion to install K-lite codec pack. As part of the install, my browser was hijacked by conduit, and even running a Restore on my computer didn't get rid of it. I am SO grateful for your help!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! This helped greatly in removing the search.conduit bug from Firefox & IE. A combination of your instructions plus those posted in comments by Anonymous on Oct. 14,2012 did the trick for me. At first Firefox wouldn't let me reset a few of the conduit files in the about:config step, but after I followed Anon's steps, I went back to the main instructions & could reset them. So far, so good. Thanks much!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. Your directions are excellent. I got this when I THOUGHT I was downloading a program to enhance "safe browsing". Ha!

Thanks again.

Sharon

Burnout said...

YES! It actually worked, thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Thank you tremendously Thanks!! A million! It worked just as was stated.

Anonymous said...

you are so amazing!! <3 it was so annoying before!

Anonymous said...

May 16, 2013at:11.47pm Lusk, WY

I would like to thank the person fore his effort's 2 clean things up, like this hack hijacker., I did in fact use your words of advice. ( I PIGGEY BACKED YAHOO
TOOL BAR: into MY SEARCH BROWSER.)
if ANY ONE WILL TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT THE CODE-ING., ) You all will see that the same code-ing works with the GATE KEEPER.

James Killian said...

I used msconfig and found they execute c:/users//AppData/roaming/SearchProtect/bin/cltmng.exe... and the startup is in the registry HKCU/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run ... I believe I may have gotten this from Vuze... I've deleted this key from regedit and nuked the executable. That should do it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! The only website that actually helped!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!!! If it wasnt for you i would have never figured out how to get rid of this. Thank you kind sir!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your help! Very easy to follow instructions that made the time so much less stressful.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much after two days of trying to rid myself of conduit, it finally happened, great explanation dude, i wish i had found your description first :)

Anonymous said...

Finally a solution to this annoying problem! Thanks a bunch!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I had no idea that "they" had the ability to put their address onto my homepage! How RUDE!!! I hope this is the end of the nightmare.

Thank you for posting these instructions!

Susan Johnson said...

I managed to uninstall Conduit's garbage from my computer (wish I'd come across your blog earlier!), but it had affected IE 10, causing it to "encounter a problem" and have to close- usually upon start up of the browser. I've tried uninstalling and re-installing, and used Microsoft fix tools, but nothing works. How can this be fixed?

Anonymous said...

And it now has infected my very recent Ubuntu 10.4 installation, and the installation has just today been udated by Ubuntu. Might it have come in from a bookmark file that I imported from my Win7 version of Firefox...? What is the nationality-source of this infection?

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much. Exellent discription. It worked

Anonymous said...

thanks!!!!! thank so much, bye bye conduit!!! Hälsingar från Sverige :)

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!! I have been trying for a year to get rid of Conduit. I've looked in about 30 different sites about how to uninstall and your explanation for Fox did it. YOUR WONDERFUL!!!!

henk said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Good article, but I found it too late, bummer!
Took me couple of hours to figure out how to remove it; I followed exactly the same path explained above and it worked fine.
Just one addition - In my case i figured out that it was MTorrent update done in October that infected my PC with conduit search, so be careful folks!

Anonymous said...

Doesn't seem to work anymore. I've removed Conduit from the system itself, then all browsers, and upon reboot it's reinstalled to everything. This is no longer an annoying program but a literal virus of some sort.

PS Norton Antivirus doesn't seem to remove it either. Nor does Adwcleaner.

Anonymous said...

So glad I stumbled on this website.
Worked like a dream and the instructions with diagrams are first class. Cannot fault 10 out of 10 thanks so much

Anonymous said...

i cannot get ride of this conduit either. it is annoying and ruining my computer. how can you get ride of this it is worse then virous.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the perfect instructions.

Anonymous said...

If you don't see Bing in your search engines in IE Conduit can not be removed, even if you have Google as your default. Go to bottom left and get more search engine options, choose bing. Once bing is there you can then remove Conduit.

Shauna Z said...

I was FINALLY able to remove everything that Conduit infected after attempting numerous removal instructions - EXCEPT on Start-Up in Windows. First, although I was furious and didn't want to pay for a removal tool, it seems that Exterminate is the best way to foil Conduit. I still have to locate the Start-Up problem manually - which is not easy to find. But, there is a way. I'm on Chrome and never use IE. Also, it's odd that I went to a Google-Blogger forum to discuss my experience and to warn others - as Conduit hijacked my blog as well - and w/in minutes Google-Blogger deleted my post. Hmmmm.

QUE BOLA said...

THANKS FINALLY REMOVED IT

Anonymous said...

Really helpful. Thank you for this, I don't know why I was not aware of this wretched thing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Worked for me.

Anonymous said...

First, Thanks for the very clear instructions. It helped me to get rid of it.

I've a question:

I uninstalled "Search protect", but why could this program not also protect me from this kind of malware by simply selecting my own search engine (like google for example)? Unless this was not the actual software of course.

Anonymous said...

OMG I LOVE YOU MAN!!! ILL SUCK YOUR D!CK IF I HAD TOO!! You ARE SO AWSOME!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much followed your instructions and wow its gone yippy

Anonymous said...

Thanks bro!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much, worked great on Mozilla. I hate stupid programs like this, thank goodness for people like you.

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot . the tip about firefox helped me .. cheers

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much for this, I was at my wits end.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this .

Anonymous said...

chorme show button worked for me thank you.........

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much! Very helpful ! I had lots of troubles with bing and this really worked. I am very happy thank you !

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SOO MUCH

Anonymous said...

TY!TY!TY! Gold Star on y'alls foreheads!!! Milk & cookies at breaktime!!!